Preview: Modbury Harriers Point-To-Point, Flete Park, Saturday May 3rd

IT  is the turn of the Modbury Harriers to hold their Point-to-Point at the stunning Flete Park course, this Saturday May 3rd. Pony racing heads up the action at 1pm, with a six-race main card starting at 2pm.

Their feature race of the day is The George Baskerville Ladies’ Open Four Mile Race. Included in the entries will be the Ross Oliver-trained Wee Fly. She is a course specialist, having won six time at this track, and this year, under jockey Bryony Frost, could see her take the Ladies’ Open four mile race for the fifth year in a row. The Rose Loxton-trained Join Together is another entry that could go well, for jockey Megan Nicholls, having won last weekend at Stafford Cross. Also to challenge could be the Camilla Scott-trained Gone To Lunch, having a total of nine Point wins and two seconds in Scottish Nationals, he is a true stayer, and won impressively, snatching a win at Treborough Hill under jockey Laura Scott. Although Gone To Lunch does hold a ticket to Cheltenham this week, so connections may choose to run him there.

In the W Daniels Plant Hire sponsored Open Maiden race, a suggestion would be Madam Be from the Ottery based trainer Ed Walker’s yard, having run second at the Dartmoor meeting here two weeks ago, coming home five lengths behind Ambitious Pursuit. The Doom Bar is also entered and should be popular, having run second for trainer/jockey Will Biddick at Kingston St Mary, that day headed near the line by Edeiff’s Lad.

Stanley Carpets sponsor the Restricted race, in which Ambitious Pursuit could follow up on his win here two weeks ago for the Glanville family. Another to consider is Whispering Wild, who also won his previous race here over the longer trip, coming home a length ahead of  Way Before Dawn. Gontdevon from the Robert Chanin team could also go well having scored two previous seconds at this track, and may appreciate any drying ground.

Lady Annabel from the Polly Gundry team, looks to be the likely favourite in the Friary Mill Bakery sponsored  Open Maiden two- mile four furlong race, after her second at Hackwood Park. The mare was unlucky to be brought down when challenging for third on her reappearance at Cothelstone. Beetle Jack under jockey Darren Edwards, is another suggestion, who could improve on his previous third here, and is a worthy each-way bet.

The two Ed Walker-trained entries of Hameldown Tor and Before The War, hold strong claims in the competitive Kitson Solicitors-sponsored Mens Open race. Hameldown Tor is another horse holding a ticket to Cheltenham this week. Before The War won the Confined race here two weeks ago, and his previous second in a Mens Open at Little Windsor behind Bellsinni Ron, makes him a leading contender with jockey Robbie Henderson on board. Other options could be Swansbrook from the Sue Popham team, having won this race last season, and Right Enough for the Hand family won the Restricted here two weeks ago, could also go close.

In the final race of the day, the Meadowside & St Francis-sponsored Confined race, suggestions would be the front running Ned White and Before The War if not running in the previous race. Notus De La Tour, trained locally by Clerk of the Course Sam Holdsworth, may well turn out again after his two lengths second to Level Spirit, at the Stafford Cross meeting last weekend.

The course offers stunning views of Flete Park, making it an ideal picnic spot, a host of trade stands, bar, bookies and hot refreshments.

Entrance is £10 car and driver £20 car and passengers. Location is Ermington, nr Ivybridge, Postcode PL21 ONX

Useful Information

Met Office 5 day forecast: Ugborough Beacon (2.1 miles)

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